Posted by Kim Swindell Wood | March 26, 2020 8:44 am
FROM: Kyle Goff, CEO Sparta-White County YMCA
Thank you for being patient while we’ve had tough decisions to make and worked on logistics. Per the Governor’s Executive Order, our closure will be extended until Monday, April 6th. These are hard times for everyone with so much uncertainty. We know that our community relies on our YMCA not only as a place to stay active physically but also to stay active socially. The Y is a place where we can come together to build connections that strengthen our community, and we need those connections now more than ever. We need to band together to offer our neighbors the help … CONTINUED
Posted by Kim Swindell Wood | March 26, 2020 8:41 am
WASHINGTON, March 25, 2020 — Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today said that the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act will help keep Americans healthy, keep paychecks coming for workers, and help relieve financial burdens for Americans hurt by COVID-19.
“The government has shut down the economy for the public health, so the Senate is responsible for taking steps to help families, workers and business who have been hurt by the outbreak of COVID-19,” Alexander said. “This bill will keep payroll checks coming to workers during the crisis, relieve financial burdens on Americans during the crisis, and contain the disease. This … CONTINUED
Posted by Kim Swindell Wood | March 26, 2020 8:36 am
Parks committed to flattening the curve, serving Tennesseans
Tennessee State Parks, in an effort to flatten the curve of COVID-19 while continuing to serve Tennesseans, is joining the CDC and the Tennessee Department of Health by encouraging residents not to travel but to visit only their nearby parks. The park system is also announcing a series of operational changes effective March 26.
“Our state parks are part of the fabric of Tennessee communities and have been an important place of renewal during this crisis,” Jim Bryson, deputy commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, said. “The measures announced today will continue to provide healthy outdoor spaces … CONTINUED
Posted by Kim Swindell Wood | March 26, 2020 8:25 am
All WCTE PBS offices are closed to the public until further notice. All WCTE staff will continue to operate as usual but with limited or no in-person visits. Anyone needing to reach a WCTE team member or who has questions about programming should call (931) 528-2222 or visit wcte.org
WCTE PBS continues to take proactive measures to ensure that viewers over the air, on digital media and in print are served and connected during this time of uncertainty. The station continues to practice all CDC required safety measures to ensure our staff and community stay healthy to avoid the spread or contamination from COVID-19.
“We hope viewers are … CONTINUED
Posted by Kim Swindell Wood | March 26, 2020 7:57 am
(Wednesday, March 25, 2020) – The Tennessee Department of Education secured a partnership with the state’s PBS stations to deliver daily instructional content for Tennessee students during COVID-19 school closures. This partnership will provide all students with access to daily learning opportunities right in their own homes.
Starting April 6, Tennessee’s six PBS stations— WNPT Nashville, East Tennessee PBS, WCTE Upper Cumberland, WKNO Memphis, West TN PBS, and Chattanooga WTCI— will deliver two hours of programming with high-quality instructional content from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. CST. Four hours of content will also be streamed overnight, which viewers can watch live or record.
The content will be developed
Posted by Kim Swindell Wood | March 25, 2020 3:46 pm
Wednesday, March 25, 2020 | 02:38pm
The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security (TDOSHS) continues to monitor the COVID-19 outbreak closely. At this time, State Driver Services Centers remain open and the Department is currently taking precautions to protect the health and safety of our employees and customers.
In an effort to reduce activity in the Driver Services Centers, the Department is announcing the following changes:
- Extending the expiration of Commercial Drivers Licenses (CDL) and Commercial Driving Permits (CDLP). These licenses will be extended until June 30 if set to expire between March 12, 2020 and May 18, 2020. All non-CDL licenses will expire six months from
Posted by Kim Swindell Wood | March 25, 2020 2:38 pm
Based on the governor’s recommendation, White County schools will be closed through April 24, 2020. The new tentative return date is Monday, April 27, 2020. Families can expect new information, on Friday, March 27, via a School Messenger phone call and a new posting on the school district webpage. Thank you for your patience, and stay healthy.
Director of Schools
Posted by Kim Swindell Wood | March 25, 2020 2:23 pm
L-R: Putnam County Sheriff Eddie Farris and Lt. Robert Cooper
The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office is pleased to announce that Lieutenant Roger Cooper in the Criminal Investigation Division recently graduated in Class #279 of the FBINA in Quantico, Virginia. He is the third member of the office to graduate from the Academy since Sheriff Farris took office. The 10-week program is only offered to 1,000 law enforcement officers worldwide per year.
“I am proud of Lt. Cooper for completing this prestigious program,” said Sheriff Eddie Farris. “It is an honor for him to have been selected and an even greater honor for our office. His commitment and dedication to education and furthering his professional credentials are the hallmark … CONTINUED
Posted by Kim Swindell Wood | March 25, 2020 2:18 pm
The 2020 spring turkey hunting season is set to be open for business in Tennessee beginning Saturday, April 4. Turkey hunting is an excellent way to keep social distance, enjoy the outdoors, and take part in a popular activity which has seen tremendous growth in recent years.
The coronavirus outbreak has affected many aspects of normal life. Fortunately for the thousands of Tennesseans who head to the woods each spring in pursuit of the wily gamebird, the season will go on as scheduled through May 17. Conditions have forced a change in that turkey check stations at wildlife management areas will not be operational this year.
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Posted by Kim Swindell Wood | March 25, 2020 2:13 pm
New things are happening in Cookeville’s museums – even though the doors remain closed.
Adjusting to social distancing challenges, Cookeville History Museum and Cookeville Depot Museum staff members have come up with online ways to stay connected with local history lovers who are temporarily unable to visit amid COVID-19 virus precautions.
“The city museums are hoping to help provide some engaging online ‘quarantine content’ that can help families stay busy with educational activities that are also fun,” Beth Thompson, Cookeville museums manager, said.
Cookeville History Museum activities include Artifact of the Week, which consists of weekly photos of historic items and descriptions to be posted on the museum’s … CONTINUED
Posted by Kim Swindell Wood | March 25, 2020 1:59 pm
Departments respond proactively to potential needs caused by COVID-19 pandemic
The commissioners of Tennessee’s Departments of Children’s Services (DCS) and Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (TDMHSAS) are asking for individuals who are students who have earned or are pursuing a master’s degree or are retired from counseling, clinical therapy, social work, and related fields to consider joining the workforce in the event there are workforce needs caused by the COVID-19 outbreak.
The four state-operated psychiatric hospitals, known as Regional Mental Health Institutes, have immediate openings in many job classifications. The RMHIs also have entry-level Psychiatric Technician and other positions available which could be a fit for … CONTINUED
Posted by Kim Swindell Wood | March 25, 2020 1:55 pm
The American Red Cross is prepared to offer emergency financial assistance to those whose homes had major damage or were destroyed by the recent tornadoes that hit in Middle Tennessee.
The extended deadline to file an application is Wednesday, April 1, 2020. Homeowners and home renters who were affected by the tornadoes can determine if they are qualified for this assistance and complete an application by calling 800-RED-CROSS (800-733-2767) and selecting prompt #4. One gift of financial assistance is available to each qualified household. Those who think they may be eligible should call immediately.
Additional forms of assistance may be available to those affected by the tornadoes. Call … CONTINUED